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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Many Christian women are in churches where their roles are restricted due to the fact that they are women. This is keeping women from recognizing and fulfilling their true potential as human beings made in the image of God. Their Creator has given them spiritual gifts which they are not allowed to exercise nor utilize for the benefit of the body of Christ. In such a case, the woman’s use of her gift is stifled...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Theology, Doctrinal Women, Church work with women Equality
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project determines if pastors can grow in their devotion to prayer as it relates to ministering the Word of God in local congregations. The literature concerning the importance for prayer as well as the literature regarding effective preaching is vast. This study addresses the intersection between of these two disciplines. A workshop was presented to a group of pastors addressing the primacy of prayer...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prayer Biblical teaching, Preaching Study and teaching, Clergy Prayers and...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project explores several media formats for promoting newly translated Scripture portions in the Kwasio language. The ultimate goal is to see God’s Word integrated into the lives of individual Kwasio speakers and to impact Kwasio society. To this end, the author created six print and audio-video formats of the Prodigal Son parable, which were demonstrated and sold at a variety of locations. The study...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Oral communication Cameroon Religious aspects, Visual communication Cameroon...
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by Lock, Nicole Elizabeth Howard
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is designed to assist worshippers, especially their leaders, in thoughtful, theological reflection about the liturgical life of the congregation. It surveys the biblical understanding of the worship of God and God’s mission in the world, incorporating current liturgical literature relating God’s Story and the human story. It offers a sample worship series to explore and test these insights....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Worship, Liturgics, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project looks at the multifaceted decline of Greenville, PA over the second half of the twentieth century and how it has led to a loss of hope for the people who live there. The contents explore the nature of the Kingdom of God as a theological and practical answer to brokenness and decay. Next, this thesis-project explores how two congregations of the town, Hillside Presbyterian Church and First...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal United States, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In this thesis, I describe the growing trend of Hispanic Protestants migrating to Anglo-Protestant churches specifically throughout the churches of the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God. I have chosen a problem-solving methodology called the Pastoral Circle. It involves observing reality or the experience of people and then seeking a solution to their problems in the light of the contributions of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God, Christian leadership,...
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by Foley, Thomas
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Church leaders have asserted that there is a lack of discipleship in the church. What is this widely used word ‘discipleship?’ How does it differ from disciple making? What does Scripture teach us? What can history teach us? What may we learn from Jesus and His disciples? Why did disciple making exist so sacrificially, and then appear to fade? Why is it largely missing today and what can be done to correct the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The significant challenge of postmodernity to the modern evangelical church calls for response. The deconstruction of hierarchal structures and the emphasis on diversity, community and mission provide a doorway for furthering partnership and interdependence (mutuality) between men and women. By researching ministries created in the postmodern age that are outside but support the evangelical church, this thesis...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mutualism Religious aspects, Women clergy, Evangelicalism United States...
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by Stropoli, Louann
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology (ThM) Thesis Abstract: The goal of this project has been to better understand the concepts of creation in the Vedas and the Bible for the purposes of better understanding the relationships within each system between the creator and the creation as well as between the various created inanimate and animate objects and beings. The study then seeks to understand the similarities and differences between the Vedic and Biblical concepts and seeks...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Christianity and other religions Hinduism, Creation Biblical teaching, Cosmology...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis project was to study how the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God, which is a Pentecostal denomination, is providing for the spiritual development of new converts. The Spanish Eastern District is the largest Hispanic district of the fourteen Spanish-language districts of our denomination, with approximately 478 churches in sixteen states on the east coast of North America....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God, Discipling (Christianity),...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Although there are many coaching books, literary resources on coaching addressed to those who want to learn to how to coach, very few resources are designed to lead, equip, train and coach experienced coaches. This also applies to church leaders. Without a doubt, in the 21st century, church leaders have to guide and coach current leaders to become future ones. It is their responsibility to equip the body of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Église Baptiste Evangélique de Terrebonne-Mascouche, Clergy Canada Baptist,...
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by See, Khay M.
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This project is a study on the correlation between preaching and pastoral care. Preaching is an integral part of church ministry. However, pastoral care in the context of preaching has not been seen as an integral aspect of preaching. I believe that incorporating pastoral care in preaching is important. It was so among the Old Testament prophets and in Jesus’ teachings, in Peter’s letters and in Paul’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Pastoral care
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Infidelity is commonly understood as a betrayal of one’s partner’s trust, a violation of the marital agreement, and a threat to the marital bond. Christians are not immune to infidelity. The question that arises is: is there a correlation between a person’s spiritual maturity level and their tendency towards infidelity? This correlational study examined the relationship between spiritual maturity levels and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with families Indonesia, Adultery Biblical teaching, Church work...
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by Hoskins, Dale R.
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Bible translators can be tempted to limit their focus to a specific verse. Better translators look more broadly and use insights from discourse grammar to ensure their translation coheres and flows naturally at the paragraph level and above. However, a translation can be more illuminating if it provides its audience with effective access to much of the intertextual context that the original authors likely expected...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Translating, Bible, Intertextualtiy in the Bible
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The impact of family is rooted deeper than many realize. Family of origin serves as the training ground for a person’s infant through adolescent years. The time comes when a person leaves his or her family of origin and forms new relationships, but do people truly leave behind their family of origin? This thesis-project examines the evidence that suggest that people take into a new relationship many influences...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling United States Religious aspects, Family psychotherapy...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The thesis topic “Providing Spiritual Care to the Youth and Young Adults Marginalized in King County” was examined. Marginalization occurs when people are excluded systematically from meaningful participation and thus are denied the opportunity to fulfill themselves as human beings. This research writer studied marginalization. Research methodology consisted of qualitative and quantitative data of personal...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Hope Angels Ministry (King County, Wash.), Youth Washington (State) Religious...
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by Gatliff, Jacquelin Anne Everett
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project was to explore the ways the experience of grief shapes us to be spiritually formed as God uses grief to reveal who He is and to shape us in the image of His Son. I explored the biblical and theological foundation that allows us to declare that God is with us in our grief and guides us through our experience for our good and his glory. I observed contemporary grief theory in order...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with the bereaved, Grief therapy Religious aspects
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by Buck, Christopher E.
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  As a therapist, I face no greater challenge in my work than the mental health of a client, and the consequent effects of clients personally, and the ramifications for family and friends of those close with the client. The methodology of research was multi-fold from the identified family that served as a platform for observation to learn, observe, and to evaluate. With the vast availability of bibliographic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Counseling Religious aspects Family relationships, Caregivers Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Worship empowers discipleship through hearing, sharing, and remembering God’s Story, and encourages discipleship as God’s Story and our stories combine to lead seekers and Christ followers alike to the deeper worship of God. In other words, worship is the alpha and omega of discipleship. Storytelling is the vital component in both worship and discipleship. Worship re-tells God’s Story. Discipleship is...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missional church movement, Discipling (Christianity) Worship, Church work with...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Deepening our appreciation for contextualized sermons found in the messages of Jesus, Paul and other Bible preachers is important for every preacher. By examining Scriptures, studying the literature on the subject and conducting interviews with experienced preaching campus pastors, the author identifies the inevitability and unintentionality of preachers to ineffectively contextualize sermons. With greater...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Christianity and culture United States, Christianity and culture,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Once regarded as a sacred institution and a platform of holiness rather than happiness, marriage seems to have lost its sacredness. The institutions of marriage and family are currently undergoing metamorphosis; with the influences of modernism, postmodernism, technology, and socio-cultural revolution, marital and family dynamics are experiencing changes. Although some still adhere strictly to traditional biblical...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salem Gospel Mission International (Providence, R.I.), Marriage counseling...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This study offers a mentoring model for intentionally teaching audience analysis to seminary students during their one-year internship (vicarage) in the Masters of Divinity program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. An intern (vicar) was given instruction on incorporating various components of audience analysis into his sermon preparation. Evaluators from the congregation rated how effectively the vicar’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis has been to recreate the author’s intended pathos from Old Testament narratives by exegeting and embodying pathos. It provides the rationale for why pathos should be included as a part of the biblical author’s intent. Its content describes all that goes into the process: understanding of pathos in rhetoric, exegeting pathos from Old Testament narrative, and embodying pathos in...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper focused on how integrated Christian counseling was used to help a Chinese Filipino family. The readers could gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of infidelity; how it affected the Chinese Filipino families, and the role which integrated Christian counseling played in bringing about healing in such families. Results revealed that the combination of Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling, Cognitive...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling Adultery, Families Philippines, Chinese Philippines, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project explores the challenges pastors might face in shepherding a program-driven church in how to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of the church building. This thesis evaluates Jesus’ method of outreach and discipleship, and seeks to find ways to apply His methodology. This work explores various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership, Missional church movement, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most twenty-first century Canadian churches are either plateaued or in decline. While church planting is vital, the need for the missional renewal of existing churches represents both a crisis and an opportunity. This project evaluated pastoral leadership in fifteen Canadian congregations in order to identify effective strategies for the missional renewal. This project orbited around two questions. What type of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Evangelistic work, Church renewal Canada, Alpha courses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  As an explorative study examining the leadership development process of urban church planters identified most vital ongoing training needs in novice urban church planters. The development of a biblical framework of evangelistic leadership led to the creation of an integrated model comprising four critical components of fostering evangelistic leadership capacity. This framework was critical for the categorization...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church development, New Study and teaching, City churches Handbooks, manuals,...
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by Gibson, Paul
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  All young couples entering into marriage will face many challenges as they adjust to being a newly formed family system. The challenges will be holistic in nature and include mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and social adjustments. Each challenge and adjustment will increase the amount of anxiety within the newly formed family system. The process of how the newly formed family system will handle the anxiety...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling Religious aspects, Systemic therapy (Family therapy)...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project studies the impact of Biblical discipleship in transforming a congregation. Many churches are struggling and are seeking revitalization. The key to congregational transformation is not a program, but Biblical discipleship. Jesus started a church by investing his time, energy, and knowledge into others. The Apostle’s carried on their discipleship by discipling others. This is what discipleship...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Church renewal, Discipling (Christianity)
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by Dakwar, Christine
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  While a successful marital relationship involves various aspects, communication is the key component for a successful marriage. A lack of strong communication skills and an immature manner of relating to others lead to stress and increase struggles and conflicts between spouses. While most couples experience difficulties in their marriage, cross-cultural marriages face even more challenges that originate from...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Cross-cultural counseling Marriage, Communication Religious aspects Marriage
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis project examined the staffing patterns and trends of twenty African-American megachurches in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. A qualitative descriptive case-study methodology was used in gathering pertinent and valuable information on the twenty African-American megachurches. The use of interviews, questionnaires,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership, African American churches
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Many evangelical churches produce Online Video Testimonies (OVTs), 2-5 minute clips depicting someone ‘in her own words’ telling a biographical story. Interpreting OVTs from an organizational communication perspective reveals they do some of the same things human leaders do: define reality, align relationships, refine identities, and assign meanings. Nearly two thirds of the 100 largest churches in the United...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership, Visual communication Religious aspects, Storytelling...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
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by Allen, Michael S.
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to aid pastors to preach sermons that maintain a robust theological and doctrinal understanding to people who live in today’s modern world. Its content describes our modern cultural influences as described in the writings of David F. Wells, and proposes a homiletic model in response to that understanding. How is a pastor to preach in such a way as to engage a people who live in a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wells, David F., (Interviewee.), Preaching, Doctrinal preaching, Cultural...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work focuses on the development of a manual on Expository Preaching to be utilized as another tool in the Pentecostal preachers toolkit, specifically the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. preacher. The thesis will review what expository preaching is as well as its importance to the preacher addressing congregations across the world today. In Chapter 4, a preaching course was developed to help...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America Inc, Preaching Study and teaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work is a systemic and analytical study on how the urban church nurtures, cultivates and ministers to others through a Living System Ministry. This work will emphasize how the urban church can better minister to the ex-offenders in the church. It explores the church’s diverse theological approach and an awareness of some of the needs of many worshipers. This project is designed to show a greater...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with ex-convicts, Ex-convicts Religious aspects, Living Systems...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this project is to expand the ministry impact of the Flag Aide as he or she serves to support and improve strategic communications as a conduit between the Chief of Chaplains office and chaplains at the ranks of Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant. The close proximity to the Chief of Chaplains and the connections made with the senior chaplains of the Chaplain Corps provide the Flag Aide a unique...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, United States. Navy Chaplains, United States. Navy, Military chaplains United...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This historical case study explores leadership in the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) during the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Revolution using Robert Quinn's concept of the "Fundamental State of Leadership" as a research lens. Based on interviews and other first-person accounts, analysis indicated that persecution forced MKC leaders to clarify the priority of their devotion to Jesus and engagement in his misison....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), Persecution Ethiopia History 20th century,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to design a teaching course syllabus entitled, “Being A Christian Minister” for East Asia School of Theology to be taught at the local Singapore campus as well as the school extension centers in China, India, etc. The thesisproject is written to encourage longevity of service among vocational Christian workers. Its content is to examine key foundational matters like the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, East Asia School of Theology (Singapore), Clergy Job stress, Church officers...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The Aslan Academy is a program designed by the C.S. Lewis Institute for helping parents disciple their children. This thesis-project evaluates the effectiveness of Aslan Academy with parents at Friends Community Church. It articulates the need for the program within its local setting. Then, it presents the biblical and theological foundations for discipleship in general and discipleship within the home...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Friends Community Church (Fairbanks, Alaska), Church work with parents,...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project is to help preachers understand how to communicate the gospel—defined by Jesus as “good news to the poor”—to people who are materially wealthy. It examines others’ work on this subject, original research, and Biblical texts. Biblical concepts are placed into conversation with contemporary wealthy Christians using a broad survey, a group participation class, and two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Rich people United States Religious aspects, United States
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  God calls people worldwide to serve in ministry, including in regions where literacy, poverty, and geography limit access to theological education. As a result, their ministries, and those among whom they serve, suffer. It is the church’s duty, for her own good, to find ways to meet these needs. This thesis-project is a case study among the Rama Nation, an indigenous community along the Caribbean coast of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Training Nicaragua, Rama Indians Nicaragua, Pastoral theology Study and...
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by Kastens, Ronald (Ron) E.
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Like every organization, churches need leaders. Pastors can sit back and hope leaders emerge on their own or they can take an active role in developing leaders, viewing it as part of their discipleship responsibility. As demonstrated in Scripture and in other literature, pastors who choose to be intentional about it will share leadership, develop people, and leave behind a legacy of leaders. The goal of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Lay ministry Training, Christian leadership, Leadership Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is designed to present the background, primary tenets, contemporary expression, and evangelical critique of twenty-first century New Atheism. Atheistic concepts such as general worldview, universal origins, morality, and ultimate purpose are explored and then set beside a Biblical framework with special emphasis on Romans 1. Two surveys were administered as part of this thesis project to both...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Atheism Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC had recently called a new Senior Pastor. They desired to effectively minister in the community, but were challenged with a very limited budget. Their proposed solution was to leverage the resources of the church through the structure of a Community Development Corporation. To accomplish their goal, they designed and implemented a three-phase process:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership North Carolina, Christian leadership, North Carolina.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In recent decades, many young Chinese men and women arrived in the United States to pursue advanced degrees. Following graduation, many of them find jobs, get married and settle down in the United States. With the influence from traditional Chinese parents and past social changes in China, young Chinese American couples face life challenges from many fronts. This thesis lays out an integrated therapy approach to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling, Chinese Americans Religious aspects, Church work with...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The library is one of the chief academic resources of the Bible College. It reflects, in a bibliographic way, the very purpose and philosophy of the institution. These Standards were written to challenge the Library Director and staff to fulfil its mission to the institution and to AABC. The primary objective of the writer is a qualitative analysis of the policies and procedures of the library with helpful...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, American Association of Bible Colleges, Bible college libraries Standards,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis is about an analysis of the relationship between faith and anger of Korean Christians. This work will help people to understand why people get angry and how Christian faith works in the Korean community. First, we will define what anger is. Anger could break down the community. However, anger is not always sinful. Second, we will show the works of Aristotle, Ambrose, and St. Augustine. Physical and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Anger Religious aspects Christianity, Korean American churches
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Young pastors in the Korean Methodist Church are not receiving proper seminary training in preaching. They are also not receiving enough help in the discipline of preaching during their ministries. One way to solve this problem is for older and more experienced preachers to become mentors to young pastors. The purpose of this thesisproject is to create a curriculum for training in preaching that can be used by...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mentoring Korea (South) Religious aspects Clergy, Preaching Study and teaching...
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by Darlack, James Marion
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, New Testament Thesis Abstract: James uses the prophet Elijah as an example of righteous prayer. This thesis explores the possibility that James may have intended his readers to recognize both historical and eschatological imagery associated with the biblical prophet. First, it shows that in early Jewish literature the eschatological and historical Elijah traditions were not held in isolation of each other. Imagery from descriptions of...
Topics: GCTS, MANT, Thesis, Elijah (Biblical prophet) In the New Testament, Elijah (Biblical prophet),...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most preachers need to improve. Some recognize that fact and are willing to invest time and money to do so. For those motivated preachers, however, the means of improvement are in large part inaccessible, or ineffective. This study develops an approach, rooted in the discipline of Christian Coaching, that is both effective and can easily be made available to help preachers improve. It demonstrates that in two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching, Mentoring
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most preachers have a strong desire for their sermons to have a deep and lasting impact on their congregations. While much of the world has become far more visually oriented in its perception of reality, and a greater appreciation has arisen of the different God-given learning styles of people, preaching has by-and-large remained a hearing-only activity. This thesis-project demonstrates that the relatively simple...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching, Visual communication
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project argues that spiritual practices that integrate beauty and aesthetics are beneficial for spiritual formation in the life of a Protestant evangelical congregation. This study will show the historical precedent for, the theological framework for, and practical examples of integrating beauty and aesthetics into practices related to the spiritual formation of Protestant evangelical congregations....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Aesthetics Religious aspects, Art and religion, Spiritual formation Art,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project examines whether end-of-worship liturgies designed to equip worshipers for missional participation in Christ’s threefold office can play a role in missional transformation. A review of theoretical, practical, and field research literature on missional worship suggests three promising liturgies: intercessory prayers, introduced offerings, and lay commissionings. These liturgies were separately...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The goal of this thesis-project is to provide a deeper understanding of the pastoral counseling challenges faced by rural ministers and to create a resource to aid them in addressing those challenges. This thesis begins by defining rural and painting a picture of the current state of rural America. This is followed up by a survey of rural pastors focusing on the issues and struggles they encounter in the course of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Rural churches United States, Pastoral counseling United States Rural churches,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project examines intimacy with God among overseas evangelical missionaries and suggests that spiritual vitality can be enhanced through the use of reflective Scripture reading, vulnerable relationships and renewed awareness. The thesisproject engages data from multidisciplinary sources and uses the Attachment to God Inventory (AGI) as a primary reference point to quantify change in the test group....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missionaries Supervision of, Spiritual formation Missionaries
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project is to explore the extent and the limits of the mission of the visible church. This is to be done within the context of Presbyterian ecclesiology and with a view toward promoting a more biblically faithful ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Providence, Rhode Island. The thesis will raise certain introductory considerations, survey relevant literature, engage a variety of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Trinity Presbyterian Church (Providence R.I.), Christian leadership, Mission of...